Sylvia Sinel



My new studio is just finished and ready for a creative and exciting new year. Follow me on and instagram


Welcome to the official opening of Blizzies Studio 29/10 2016. Talented and fabulous Diane Parker is the first one out to exhibit In-The-Box. Watch the Live search for form and finished work by local Ceramic Artists. Have a go on the wheel. Go in the draw to win a lesson in Wheel throwing & an original piece of ceramic Art. Drinks and nibbles. A big warm Welcome to everyone with an interest in the Arts & Crafts.


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Today I got the keys to the place where I’m starting up my business Blizzies Studio Pottery. Doors open to the public 1 October and I sooo look forward to meet and greet those who come to watch my search for form and to buy original Art & Design. Time to roll up the sleeves and get to work, there’s a lot to be done in two weeks. Watch this space and a big warm Welcome to Blizzies Studo Pottery at Queenwood Shopping Village - I will treat you like a King and a Queen


A colourful dream is about to come true. I've had a wish for many years to set up an open studio where people can come in and watch the creative search for form and buy my Art & Design.

Now it's going to happen! I'm starting up Blizzies Studio Pottery at Queenwood Village in Hamilton. Doors open in October 2016 and the official opening is 29/10 10 am - 4 pm. More information here


Mortality and Other Trivialities is an exploration by Carole Driver, Meg Wilshier, Sylvia Sinel and Yasmin Franzmayr-Davis on the mysteries of life and death. Showing at ArtsPost, Hamilton 1 July 2016 - 1 August 2016.


What comes after death? Nobody knows, as simple as that’.

As a way to make sense, cope and feel comfort, humans have made up extensive rituals and worlds of symbolism around the subject of death. This has been going on for as long as humanity has existed. I find the world of symbolism and faith very fascinating and this subject is very often a part of my Arts practice.I have chosen to work with cats in this project. The cats are mysterious animals surrounded by symbolism and a lot of it relates to life and death. One of the most known would be the nine lives of a cat. According to old Celtic beliefs, the cat was the guardian of the otherworld/underworld. In old Egypt cats were sacred animals and used to be mummified in the same way as humans. Many cultures believes that the cats, especially black ones, are connected with the spirit world.



Floor talk about the Birdbrain - dislocation is a place exhibition at Calder & Lawson Gallery. What a great experience! See the talk here


Curated by Sybille Schlumbom at Calder & Lawson Gallery, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts - Te Whare Tapere, University of Waikato - Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Open from the 16 May to 15 July, Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm

I just found out that I have work selected to be part of NZ Potters National tableware exhibition Imerys in Christchurch. Opening Tuesday 17/5 at Canterbury museum. The exhibition is on during the period 18/5 - 29/5 2016.


I will be part of the exhibition Birdbrain at Calder & Lawson Gallery, Waikato university 16/5-18/7 2016. Participating artists are Sylvia Sinel, Shaun Tan, Carole Driver and Stuart Bridson. Curated by Sybille Shlumbom.

This sculpture is one of six ceramic and mixed media pieces to go in the show. Title "Transformation II"



I held a presentation 25th February 2016 about storytelling and my ceramic project Violet's box at a PechaKucha event, a part of Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival . It was a really cool start to a creative 2016.


These pieces will go into the "Risk of Raku" exhibition as a part of the Fringe Festival in Hamilton. It runs from 4th March - 12th March at Creative Waikato.


What a great way to finish this fantastic and creative year. I just found out I won a Merit award in NZ Potters 50th Anniversary competition for tertiary ceramics students. Check it out here!



D-day! Final presentation of nine month creativity. I call my main project "A measurement of time" and it's an exploration and experimentation of the hour glass/sand glass form. My idea is that we're all here on assignments to gather knowledge and experiences in measured time. The knowledge comes in through the funnel and down through the waist/generator which generates colour and pattern on our bodies. I have portrayed my own body/sculpture with a Swedish folk art decoration and a runic inscription. What a fantastic year and this was a day I'll never forget. Now time for a short break to recharge the batteries.


I My sculptural Vessel group "Family" has been selected into Waiclay National Ceramics Award 2015. The exhibition is held at Waikato Museum in Hamilton 14 November 2015 - 31 January 2016.


I am very honoured to be on the shortlist to become a finalist in the Portage Ceramic Awards. Finalists will be announced 5 November 2015 - keep fingers crossed my piece goes all the way!


The second module of my Diploma studies, with the theme Narrative Art, has come to an end. We had to tell the story, real or a fictive, of a family ledgend. I chose the story of my great, great grandmother Violet. Violet came to life with the help of my imagination and I call the project Violet's box. It consists of a short story (read it here) and thirteen ceramic pieces. The goal with this module was make sure chosen surface treatment enhances the art work and not the other way around. We also had to try out at least two new techniques not used before. Our tutor was the fantastic Susan St Lawrence.


The first Module of my studies is over. I designed and created 24 Pouring Vessels (Functional and Sculptural pieces) and I had them assessed today. It has truly been an amazing journey and I'm now looking forward to the next Module with theme "Cabinet of Curiosities".


I had two pieces selected into NZ Potters National exhibition and I won an award for "Contrast & Union" see picture below. Exhibition at Reyburn House Art Gallery Whangarei, Northland Society of Arts 4th – 22nd April 2015.


These pieces are ready for the Gallery today. Paperclay with slip, glaze and metal details.


I'm still designing pouring vessels and love it. Here is the latest selection ready for the first firing.


Fresh out of the kiln. My latest vessel with runic inscription. Handbuilt and multi-fired with silver details.


I will do Otago Polytech's two year Diploma programme in Ceramic Arts starting up as we speak. It will be a fantastic oportunity for me to explore this amazing medium. I will work with the theme "Under the surface" and this piece "Joanna" is the first in a cohesive serie/body of self directed work. Watch this space!


My Sculpture "Contrast and Union I" was selected into the WPS's members exhibition running through to 12 January 2015 at Artpost Gallery in Hamilton.


Some of my small work will be available at WSA's Christmas exhibition at Next Level Gallery, ArtPost in Hamilton from December 8th and running through to Christmas. Welcome!.


My Viking Warrior was selected to be part of WSA’s 80th year anniversary and members exhibition at Artpost Gallery in Hamilton. Opening on 23rd October 5.30pm and running through to 24th November.


A collection of my Runestones are now for sale at Inspirit Studio & Gallery.


Selected work are now for sale at Artpost Galleries & Shop in Hamilton.


I was one of the Presenters at Hamilton PechaKucha vol 18. I took the audience on a creative journey and I had a great night and a great experience!



I'm busy working on a new project with sculptures.

The theme is "Altitude and Attitude" and I am using a mix of techniques. Goal is to exhibit the result end of 2014.



Today I admitted my project "Meeting" to be displayed at University of Waikato's open day this weekend. All the texts are now translated to english and you can find them and the paintings here




On thursday nights from now on you will find me at Waikato Potters Society. My intention is to learn all I can about clay and firing techniques. Love it - Great fun!



New piece taking shape.